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Oed'ipus com"plex



Psychoanal.
the unresolved desire of a child for sexual gratification through the parent of the opposite sex, esp. the desire of a son for his mother. This involves, first, identification with and, later, hatred for the parent of the same sex, who is considered by the child as a rival. Cf. Electra complex.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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